Slava Paperno (director)
Krystyna Golovakova
Raissa Krivitsky
Viktoria Tsimberov
Richard L. Leed (1929-2011)
Lora Paperno (retired)

Requirements, etc.
2016 survey

Language requirement
Fast and slow tracks
Advanced placement
Heritage/native speakers
Courses in the Fall
Courses in the Spring
Course ratings
Goals, test, etc.
RUSSA In Courses of Study
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Learning Goals and Outcome Assessment
Russian language courses are designated with the RUSSA abbreviation in Cornell's Catalog of Courses, e.g. RUSSA 1121. The number reflects the level of language study: RUSSA 1121 is the course for beginners, and RUSSA 6634 is our most advanced course. Each of these courses (or course sequences) has a specific set of goals and an expected learning outcome.
The goal references below use the so-called ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines that may also be viewed at the LTI site. ACTFL is the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, LIT is Language Testing International,
Although some variation in linguistic achievement is normal, completing the following courses is expected to result in these proficiency levels:
  • 1121 and 1131 in the Fall, 1122 and 1132 in the Spring: writing - Novice; speaking - Novice High
  • 2203 in the Fall and 2204 in the Spring: writing - Intermediate; speaking - Intermediate Mid
  • 3303 in the Fall and 3304 in the Spring: writing - Advanced; speaking - Advanced Low to Advanced Mid
  • 4413 in the Fall and 4414 in the Spring: writing - better than Advanced; speaking - better than Advanced Mid
  • 6633 in the Fall and 6634 in the Spring: writing - approaching Superior; speaking - Advanced High
Evaluation of the students' progress is done continuously in each course by weekly tests, written homework, online and other computer-based assignments, daily performance in class, and in most courses, a final examination. Please see individual course descriptions under Courses for detailed information.
Our teaching is adjusted or changed when we decide that a change is in order. To guide us in this process, we use anonymous online course evaluations that may be submitted at any time during the semester; hand-written anonymous course evaluations at the end of each course; and detailed surveys every time we make a significant modification to a course.
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Dept. of Comparative Literature • Russian Language Program • 240 Goldwin Smith Hall • Cornell University • Ithaca, NY 14853-4701, USA
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